Ozan Kabak’s setback at Liverpool could be short-lived after Leicester City emerged as a shock candidate for the defender.

The 21-year-old joined the Reds on loan in January when Jürgen Klopp was looking for a solution to his pathetic injury problems.

With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all excluded for the season, Liverpool Kabak signed along with Preston’s defender Ben Davies.

In total, the Turkish international made 13 appearances in England but missed the last month of the season with a muscle injury.

Under the contract with Schalke, Klopp’s side had an £ 18million option to bring him to Anfield on a permanent basis.

Liverpool reportedly won’t trigger Kabak’s permanent clause

However, it is assumed that they will not trigger this clause and instead sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.

The £ 35m deal for Konate is seen as tight and could be Klopp’s first acquisition of what promises to be a pivotal summer.

And according to SPORT, Konate’s departure from Leipzig after the relegation of Schalke could be the goal of the Bundesliga Kabak.

Aside from Leipzig, Leicester is another side that may look to the center-back, although they have many options in that position.

Club captain Wes Morgan announced his retirement earlier this month, but Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu are great strengths at King Power.

Despite opting not to sign long-term, Klopp spoke brightly of Kabak’s impact on Merseyside, which came at a time of desperate need.

Jürgen Klopp was full of praise for Kabak, even though he had decided not to sign it

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“Ozan was absolutely amazing,” said Klopp last week. “He’s done a great job and don’t forget he’s a young, young boy with incredible experience.

“He was in various clubs and moved from Turkey to Germany at an early age. Played in difficult situations for two big clubs in Germany, which is obviously not his fault.

“We could all see that when he got here it took a little time to adjust. Then he played great games for us. “

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Kabak himself has indicated that he would like to continue practicing his profession at the highest level in order to improve further.

“I’m trying to plan my career and be better at what I’m doing instead of dreaming,” he said in an interview with Liverpool’s official program at the end of the season.

“In football, teams can become champions by winning games and footballers can become more valuable by improving.”

“And I concentrate on being a much more valuable asset for my club and my country.”